Frenship grad is now a teacher, master’s student

Lori Walters, known during high school as Lori Baack, is now a teacher at Atkins Middle School in Lubbock.

Even when she was a student in Frenship High School, Lori Walters knew she would one day be a teacher.

The 1996 FHS graduate earned a degree in 2000 from Texas Tech, and has been teaching ever since.

She was known as Lori Baack before she married 10 years ago.

Now Walters is back in school at Texas Tech in a pilot program to get a master’s degree in literacy. The pilot program is called Project TALL, or Teachers as Literacy Leaders.

Walters hopes to use her advanced education as a demonstration teacher or a literacy coach. That means she will be teaching teachers instead of students.
She currently works at Atkins Middle School in Lubbock as a sixth- through eighth-grade reading teacher.

“When I started 10 years ago, I taught math,” she said with a laugh. “When you first graduate, you just want to get a job.”

She really loves working with middle school students, she said.

“They’re sassy and fun,” said Walters. “I love it.”

Walters is divorced, and recently purchased a home in Lubbock where she lives with her 3-year-old son, Evan.

Her hobbies include reading and Texas Tech basketball and football. But she also enjoys playing with Evan, including trips to the park, painting and watching him ride his scooter.

“Mostly I chase him around the backyard,” she said.

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